Historical Events in Church Annals for November 8:
Death of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop who is one of the patron saints of France. He was a great intercessor with kings, emperors and popes on behalf of his flocks and fought heresies with every ounce of his breath. Though his feast day is celebrated on November 11, he died on this day late in the fourth century.
Death of Pope Saint Deusdedit I, 68th successor of Peter who was elected on October 10, 615. With heroic abnegation he tended lepers and the plaguestricken as a humble Supreme Pontiff. He was the first to use seals of lead for Papal Bulls and pontifical decrees. His is the oldest pontifical seal preserved in the Vatican.
Death of Blessed John Duns Scotus, Scottish Franciscan and theologian who was a professor and prolific writer. He died at Cologne. Because he adhered to the philosophies of Aristotle and Saint Augustine and not the more popular Saint Thomas Aquinas some of the Dominicans equated the word "Duns" with "dunce" which forever has meant one who is not a smart pupil. Scotus was anything but a dunce.